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Plague Writing in Early Modern England
During the seventeenth century, England was beset by three epidemics of the bubonic plague, each outbreak claiming between a quarter and a third of the population of London and other urban centers. Surveying a wide range of responses to these epidemics—sermons, medical tracts, pious exhortations, satirical pamphlets, and political commentary—Plague Writing in Early Modern ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Focusing on works by Ben Jonson, John Donne, Samuel Pepys, and Daniel Defoe, Gilman provides the context necessary to see them as plague writing and convincingly argues that we can learn from them in our own world of global pandemics and bacteria adapting so that treatments developed by medical science are no longer effective. Putting 17th-century plague writing in political and theological contexts, he shows that the genre is still around. The background chapters bring out the different ...more